I have sensitive skin. I always have, my daughter has sensitive skin as well and I try to be health conscious. Two things I’ve done for the past ten or so years is read labels and choose wisely meaning I’m realistic about my purchases. For cleaning products, I want plant based and simple. I use vinegar, essential oils and water to mop my floors, greenworks and I are buds. The thing is, if I’m gonna spend my money on it, it has to work AND be at least less harmful than let’s say- bleach. I tried Seventh Generation dishsoap the free and clear kind a while ago and it was like washing with water. Nope.
When it comes to food, I definitely have to choose the lesser of two evils. Oy, that sounds harsh. Here’s an example: fruit snacks. The kids LOVE fruit snacks, or as I like to call them, corn syrup balls because that’s the first ingredient on 90% of fruit snack packages. The only kind I’ve been able to find that starts with some sort of fruit puree is Welch’s fruit snacks. Don’t get me wrong, these are not a healthy snack by any means, but slightly better than corn syrup balls. They are also convenient and not a perishable item, so good for Summer Camp. I used to buy all organic, but just because it’s organic doesn’t mean it’s a healthy choice.
The last product I’ve tackled in trying to go green is makeup. I’ve been an avid user of Honeybee Gardens mineral pressed powder for years. It’s my favorite as far as powders, but lately I’ve needed something with a little more coverage. I’ve also tried their lipstick and mascara, but was not impressed. I follow a couple of beauty bloggers, one of them is Whoorl, but her budget is much higher than mine! I have to pick and choose what’s for me or find alternatives to what she recommends. It’s great information though. I also enjoy following Citrine Natural Beauty Bar on Insta @citrinebeautyaz. They do a lot of tutorials and demonstrations, so you can see the products in use in their stories. High end makeup is definitely worth it, but not if it breaks the bank. Here are three products under $30 that I am loving:
First, One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser. I was skeptical at first, like I said, I have very sensitive skin, especially my eyes. This cleanser is the first cleanser I’ve used to wash my eye makeup off. It is so gentle! It actually removes almost all of the eye makeup, which means I’m not scrubbing with a cotton pad and makeup remover. That eye area is delicate, yo. Worth it.
The second product I’ve fallen in love with is Grande mascara. It sounds like you are ordering a Starbucks drink, but this mascara is amazing. Regular mascara (read: covergirl) irritates my eyes, meaning I’m rubbing them constantly and developing styes, so I stay away from the lower end mascaras. I have used Almay’s conditioning mascara for a few years, which doesn’t irritate my eyes as much, but is so clumpy. I had planned to try Jane Iredale’s purelash mascara, but when I went to get my mother’s day massage, the girl at Fusion’s talked me into trying the Grande instead. So glad I did. This mascara is again- so gentle. It’s definitely lengthening, but not only that it is not clumpy or flaky and for me is nonirritating. #win
The last product I want to share with you is W3ll People’s foundation stick. At first I was like, “ew..a foundation stick??” I love it. I swipe it a few times over my clean face and then blend with a makeup sponge. It is light, but has coverage. I have heard it isn’t great for oily skin, though. Mine is more dry, so it works for me. I also use their concealer, which I like, but combined doesn’t work well with my mineral powder. I plan to try their skin brightening powder next, to set both the concealer and foundation. I will let you know how I like it! I bought all the W3ll people items at Target. I am an online shopper for sure, but it’s nice to hold things in your hand, especially makeup.
As a bonus, there is a shampoo and conditioner I have been loving. It’s expensive, but for thick, difficult hair like mine it is a godsend. Marula Oil rare oil replenishing shampoo by Paul Mitchell. I’ve also tried their Super Skinny shampoo (not a fan) and the awapuhi wild ginger shampoo and conditioner which I like, but is more for middle of the road hair, like Nora’s hair not too thick, not too wild. I wash every other day and use a shampoo I like in between (Maui) that maintains cleanliness for a much cheaper price, but is still gentle.
I hope these help if you’re in the market for a new cleanser, mascara or foundation, but have sensitive skin, like me. Happy Sunday!